Cuban Dissident Held Without Charges for Weeks
Published April 20, 2012
Havana – The opposition Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National
Reconciliation on Thursday denounced the fact that former political
prisoner José Daniel Ferrer remains in jail without any charges being
filed against him more than two weeks after being arrested.
"He continues to be detained, allegedly under 'provisional imprisonment'
in the political secret police station in Santiago de Cuba, where he has
remained interned, under cruel and subhuman conditions, since April 2,"
commission spokesman Elizardo Sánchez said in a communique.
Ferrer, who was among the "Group of 75" dissidents sentenced to lengthy
prison terms in the spring of 2003, heads the illegal Patriotic Union of
Cuba and was arrested in Santiago along with other opposition members.
The commission said that as of early Thursday the formal charges against
Ferrer had not been made known and he had not been assigned a defense
According to the text of the communique, the opposition figure is in
"solitary confinement" and is being subjected to "a particular form of
biological torture" given that he is being exposed to an "enormous
plague of mosquitoes."
The commission also emphasized the "provisional imprisonment" of
Bismarck Mustelier, whom it said is also a member of the Patriotic Union
and "has been held in the high-security Aguadores prison" in Santiago.
As a member of the Group of 75, Ferrer was released on parole in March
2011 and was among the 12 opposition members of the Group who refused to
travel to Spain as a condition of their release from prison.
In recent months, Ferrer has been briefly arrested several times in
Havana and Santiago, the province where he resides.
Cuba's communist government considers dissidents to be
counterrevolutionaries and mercenaries in the service of the United States.